Juanita Mullin, 59, was killed in a San Bernardino car accident after her vehicle was rear-ended by a big rig, the morning of May 7, 2012. According to a news report in The Press-Enterprise, the truck accident occurred on the Interstate 15 in the Mojave Desert north of Baker. California Highway Patrol officials say the tractor-trailer struck Mullin’s 2012 Chevy Impala from behind. They are still investigating the cause of this fatal accident.
I offer my deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Juanita Mullin for their tragic and heartbreaking loss. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
According to CHP’s 2009 Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS), car accidents in the unincorporated areas of San Bernardino County claimed 83 lives and injured 1,704 people. Also, countywide, 223 people died and 7,870 were injured as a result of car accidents, during the same year.
What Caused This Fatal Truck Accident?
Based on this news account, the driver of the tractor-trailer struck Mullin’s vehicle from behind. It is not clear what led to this fatal truck accident. There are several unanswered questions here. Was the truck driver speeding or driving recklessly? Was the driver of the tractor-trailer fatigued or falling asleep at the wheel? Was there some type of mechanical failure in the truck, which caused it to go out of control and rear-end the Impala? Did alcohol or drugs play a part? I trust officials are looking into these and other factors in order to determine precisely what occurred here and why.
Fault and Liability
If the truck’s driver is determined to have been at fault, both the driver and his or her employer can be held liable for Mullin’s wrongful death. In cases where negligence is involved, the family of a deceased car accident victim can file a wrongful death claim seeking compensation for medical expenses, funeral costs, lost future income, and loss of love and companionship.
A knowledgeable San Bernardino personal injury lawyer will be able to help preserve critical evidence such as the truck driver’s logs and vehicle maintenance records in order to prove fault and liability. Such important evidence must be secured right away or they can get lost, misplaced or destroyed. The best personal injury law firms will always offer a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation to injured victims or their families.